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And for those who prefer a written version: Our Unending Honeymoon.Sounds great on the cover of a romance novel or the title of a film. But is the concept really possible for a lifetime? After all, we’re talking about a man and a woman being happily married for 40, 50 or 60 years … or more!
Susan and I have been married for over five years now. Sometimes we feel as though we were just married last month; at other times it feels like 20 years. (That’s a warm feeling.)
But whatever our time together, it has been an amazing honeymoon so far. I can say that honestly, because I give full credit to our Lord Jesus and to my bride, Sue, for making it happen.
Have the past five years been easy? Well, most of the time I would say yes. I will admit, though, I am not easy to love or to live with at times.
Being an MD, my young wife has a heavy schedule. She visits with her patients, who are senior citizens, or she’s in meetings with patient family members, other doctors or staff during the day. Then many evenings are filled with seemingly endless patient notes, mostly for Medicare, not to mention a wide variety of other doctoral duties.
Her schedule is difficult for me simply because I want to be with her more. So how do we, “keep our honeymoon going,” so to speak?
We run to the Lord Jesus with every problem that comes along, of course. We ask Him to refresh and purify our love for each other, to give us patience through the difficult schedules, to make the rough spots straight and smooth.
We ask Him to take away the wintry blasts of selfishness and misunderstanding that chill our love. Instead, we ask Him to refresh the warm selfless spring of His own love in our hearts to share with one another.
It’s simple, all we have to do is ask the Lord to fix what’s wrong. He has unlimited wisdom and power to help and He wants the best for us. It might take Him a few days to get our train back on the tracks but He never fails.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5–6. NIV.)
Give all your worries and cares (every problem) to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7. NLT.)
We love you,
Carl and Sue